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Lexus CT200h full

December 13, 2011

ON THE SURFACE 000 for a front-wheel driven hybrid seems like an absolute The reality is that Lexus’ new player retains all the perks of its successful Toyota Prius but at a mere R14 000 premium boasts a far athletic demeanour with and quality oozing from angle. Sort of Jason in a posh Gucci suit, ‘ waddai mean ?’ It also the marque’s new styling signature and its fourth hybrid entrant in our

Let’s scrape beneath sculpted tin.

When images of the new premium C-segment from Lexus surfaced on the most were appalled by its chiselled visage. I blame the mustard paint scheme of the car more than those jowls bookending its grille. In I really like those which remind me of a shiny of the Predator’s chops. It’s one of the styling cues in the new Lexus design language and you’ll see it through their emerging of cars. Our test unit is an essentially a cosmetic and comfort with bonus perks as LED lighting, distinguished by ‘F’ badges and all-black17-inch alloy wheels each muscular arch.

The profile is equally sinewy, the rear hatch features a window sill faintly of the Dodge Caliber, supporting a upright rear windscreen is almost completely flat. conspires with thick B (similar to what you’d to find on an SUV) to reduce visibility, which is immediately when climbing into the

Ooh, it’s nice in if somewhat dark. CT 200h a sophisticated blend of modern and surfaces with clever but retains some old world charm thanks to the choice of Just look, for example, at ‘pop, twist and push’ for the seat warmers. You’d expect an oak-trimmed cassette ahead of it; instead you have an 8in LCD screen navigable via Lexus’ haptic device system Remote Touch.

It’s rather like an old mouse, except here it works. It’s a pity that the GUI (Graphical User Lexus has opted for feels and old fashioned. Another ‘F’ badge on the leather clad steering and yet more on the (leather, 8-way adjustable) front sports

Extensive NVH (noise, vibration and damping material adds to the of an excellent cabin.

The CT 200h a 1.8-litre VVT-i Atkinson petrol engine (73kW) and an motor (60kW) powered by a hydride (Ni-MH) battery, gearing via an ECVT (Electronically Continuously Variable Transmission). combined output in a hybrid is to alchemy, so think of 100kW as its ceiling with power from these two power Lexus Hybrid Drive is as you’d expect, with a claimed fuel index of 4.1ℓ/100km (we achieved 5.5ℓ/100km on our route) and a rather green emissions penalty of 94g/km.


Unfortunately this means despite athletic looks, the CT is by no a quick car. A sprint to in 12.95 seconds confirms it, but a appropriate measure is its breadth of Lexus claims the car has two moods – and Dynamic – with four modes: Normal, EV, Eco and Sport.

Essentially Eco and Normal modes a lank chilled driving which means great consumption and some calming instrument lighting, whereas the setting means you’re through unleaded at pace, and told about it as a red electronic descends on the digital rev counter. I prefer my Ninja setting, known as ‘Full EV Mode’, sees me sneaking silently parking bays with assistance or sound from combustion engine.

A low centre of gravity and deep-set position means you’re right in the CT’s belly. sharing drivetrain hardware Prius, the CT’s electronic receives more aggressive to help you get it on the boil. You’ll be for its wide track and firm (MacPherson front, double rear) coupled to performance shocks (on the F-Sport), in addition to hydraulic dampers front and which replace the function of links – reducing vibration and the CT with a more linear

A highly rigid, low-weight shell with aluminium and bonnet means that pitched into your corner the car feels lithe in palms. That’s the Statham bit then.

Lexus has committed spend to its hybrid vehicles, and why they? They sell hybrids in this country any other manufacturer. So if you’re to make sense of the CT 200h it to think of it as a competent hybrid a healthy helping of sex appeal – the sorely lacking in Toyota’s

Ours came with the Package which adds R35 700 to the price of R398500 and includes a roof, premium sound rain-sensing wipers, satnav and a camera. But if we’re honest the F-Sport is all the premium hybrid you’ll ever need. Add five-star Euro NCAP plus a four-year/100000km warranty and plan, and it rates high on the index too.


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